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Woofstock pet adoption festival set for May 20

UTICA — The Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center will host a new pet adoption festival called Woofstock on Sunday, May 20, on the lodge grounds.

The goal of the event is to help get dogs adopted from local shelters and pet rescue organizations. Participating in the event will be: Illinois Valley Animal Rescue (IVAR), ReGap (Greyhound Rescue of Mendota), Pet Project (dog and cat adoption agency from Marseilles) and Tails (DeKalb Humane Society). There will also be brief educational seminars by Fetching Frieda’s, Starved Rock Pet Resort and the Starved Rock Kennel Club on caring for rescued animals, why pets should be spayed/neutered and other topics.

The public is invited to bring donations from the IVAR wish list ( Each item donated earns an entry to win an hourly pet-related door prize. Donations will be divided among shelters.

Woofstock begins at 10 a.m. in front of the lodge with a “Blessing of the BowWows” followed by a pet parade. All well-behaved dogs (on a leash) are welcome to attend with their owner. The parade’s grand marshal will be Cash (an adorable Springer Spaniel) owned by Amy and Karl Trimble, the Lodge’s concessionaires. After the parade, Kevin Kramer will be playing woof-friendly songs on his guitar on the pool patio. There will be a “pool PAW-TY” with drink stations and treats for dogs and food and drinks for guests. A variety of pet-related vendors will be there to share information, offer discount coupons and other dog-friendly snacks. Dogs are allowed on the pool patio, Veranda and outside the Lodge. Hungry canines are encouraged to check out sweet potato treats, ice cream and more on the Lodge’s “Doggie Delights” menu available on the Veranda.

“We are so happy that we have seen such an interest in this event, and we encourage the public to adopt their new forever friends at Woofstock,” said Amy Trimble, Lodge CEO.

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